Menu Plan for the Week and a Great Big Funky Fresh KitchenThank You!

I want to thank you all for making our month of the Funky Fresh Kitchen so much fun!! I’m a little sad that it’s ending. Ah, but there will still be more fun recipes and giveaways and homemaking ideas in the weeks to come. I still have several Crock Pot Recipes that I didn’t have a chance to post in September. Gotta work those in soon!

This is your one last chance to leave a comment for a chance to be entered in our giveway for two $25 and one $50 gift certificates to the Heavenly Homemakers Shop! I will draw three random winners Monday, October 1. Please share what you’ve enjoyed most about our month of the Funky Fresh Kitchen. :)

Here’s our menu for the week:

Sunday, September 30
Oatmeal, fruit
Roast, potatoes, carrots, gravy
High School Huddle at our friend’s house

Monday, October 1
Whole wheat waffles, applesauce
Alphabet soup, cottage cheese and peaches
Grilled barbecue chicken, tossed salad, green beans

Tuesday, October 2
Zucchini bread, bananas
Bean and cheese burritos, pineapple
Shepherd’s pie, tossed salad

Wednesday, October 3
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, applesauce
Easy noodle stir fry with broccoli and carrots
Cheesy salsa enchiladas, tossed salad

Thursday, October 4
Breakfast burritos, creamy orange coolers
Chicken salad on homemade pita bread, green beans
Cheeseburger macaroni, tossed salad, peas

Friday, October 5
No knead whole wheat bread, fruit salad
Chicken patty sandwiches, creamy cole slaw
Homemade pizza, fruit

Saturday, October 6
Flaky cream cheese pastry, grapes
Turkey sausage and red bean stew, fruit

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a gift certificate!


  1. says

    I love the funky fresh kitchen as a whole. I think what I have appreciated the most is the reminder to make ahead to get ahead. I do really well before school starts then come about this time, my jars are empty, my freezer meals are dwindling etc just when harvest is coming on and I need the quick meals the most. Thank you for all your wonderful help Laura.
    ;O) Tammy


  2. Nancy Howard says

    I enjoyed it all! I have always hated my plastic containers because I could not easily see what was in them. I am now converting all to glass. Thanks!!!!


  3. MichelleL says

    I’ve enjoyed it all! But my favorite part was the challenge to make things ahead of time. Having things made in advance for breakfast helps our mornings go so much smoother, and keeps us from eating cereal. Thank you for all of the challenges, I hope the rest of your soccer seasons go well! :-)


  4. Mandy says

    It has been nice to have a kind of guideline. I mean, we can try to be purposeful about eating vegetables and throwing out the junk we know we shouldn’t keep in out pantries, but it’s nice to do it then “shout it from the rooftops” so to speak that we’re taking steps to improve our family’s health and the quality of our lives. We do it everyday, in some manner or another, but it’s nice to tell someone that we did!


  5. says

    Well, I will give my self a D- for most of the challenges, but I did work on my kitchen and things are looking a little better. As for eating more healthfully, that’s being taken care of a baby step at a time. But I haven’t given up, and that is a huge plus. Thank you for doing this, Laura!


  6. Elyse says

    This was such a fun month – thank you for all the time and thought you put into it! I really enjoyed the gentle push to try new things – I think we all get stuck in our ways sometimes!


  7. says

    Love the funky fresh challenges. We were already eating healthier but reminders are always nice. I don’t have a lot of spare time, but have found that by taking a few hours and making things ahead to put in the freezer we save quite a bit of money and don’t eat out as much. It’s also soooo much better for us. Thanks Laura!


  8. Marsha says

    I really loved it all! Great tips and recipes. All of the challenges pushed me to stay on task. I didn’t have complete success but that just gives me goals to reach for :) Thank you!


  9. Devon says

    I’m sad that September is ending already too. But I’ve got your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins in the oven now…. and I’m happy that I finally managed to remove my non-stick skillet from my kitchen (had to do it twice as the sneaky thing returned after the first time). Thank you for the inspiration and the ebooks.


  10. Amber Dawn says

    I enjoyed reading every post. :) The crockpot recipes, the giveaways… I liked it all, really. Thank you for all the time you put into this!


  11. Sarah says

    I am looking forward to the crock pot recipes. I am also loving that this blog has a gluten free section. When the challenge to try something new came along, I didn’t realize that I would be going gluten free at the end of that week!


  12. Michele W says

    I just found your site thanks to a friend. I tried your recipe for chewy granola bars yesterday (from a 2010 post) and my family loved them. I have been looking for a healthier version for my kids – Thank you.


  13. says

    I love everything from your blog but this month wss fun. I would try to check almost everyday to see what was the new challenge or give-a-way! Such a fun…I have gathered some great recipes too! Thanks…trying the pitas tomorrow! YUM!


  14. Frieda says

    Thanks for the month and challenges and all the great info. I can’t wait to try the pita bread. I find myself constantly coming to your site for recipes, good deals and advice. Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource.


  15. Michelle B. says

    I love that you have such great ideas and insites about using whole foods. I am really trying! It takes time and effort but I know I can do it, thanks to your website. Thanks!


  16. mrs. p says

    I thought about making your cheesebruger mac over the weekend and its on on menu. I just got my first shipment from traditions can’t wait to try palm shortening. Planning on making pop tarts hopefully tomorrow. I have to much to do today ( I worked all weekend and so its time to play catch up with housework and laundry.).


  17. Gayle says

    THANK YOU for all the opportunities you have given us to win :) Also, thank you for the great recipe ideas! Have a great week.


  18. Erin S says

    Loved your Funky Fresh Kitchen posts! What I appreciated most was the encouragement from you. I’m not always great at follow-through but you never judge and I get a wonderful uplifting feeling after reading your blog. Thank you!

    Now, on with those crockpot recipes. I love to use my crockpot.


  19. Karen says

    I loved all the exciting opportunities for give-aways. It has been fun to watch all the great recipes and tips popping up as well. It has been a blast!


  20. Jesse M says

    I enjoy your variety of ideas, I tend to get stuck in the rut of making the same things over and over!! Thank you!!


    Roxanne Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your fun menu plans each week. It’s a great help to see other’s ideas.
    I would love to win the ‘get fit’ prize, too! I definitely need to be working harder at it!


  21. Cheryl says

    What I’ve enjoyed the most is educating myself on what my family is eating and what we should be eating.


  22. Katherine says

    I am looking forward to trying the pita recipe and I LOVED the opportunity to get the cookbooks at such a great price. Thank you!


  23. Amy says

    I can’t wait to try the pita recipe! I also enjoyed the challenges. It’s fun to think outside of the box and set some new goals.


  24. Shannon F says

    I’ve enjoyed the new recipes with new ideas for meal planning. I feel like my family eats the same thing every week and look forward to more variety!!


  25. says

    I’ve been in a meal-planning funk lately, so this week I’ve decided to simply follow your meal plans.
    So far everything has been great, and my husband just might be your newest fan. :)
    I have one problem, though, and it’s one I always have. My whole wheat baked goods (pancakes and zucchini bread) are dense and gummy. I just can’t get much of a rise out of them. What am I doing wrong?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    The first thing I check is yeast. Is is getting killed by too hot of
    liquids or is the liquid not hot enough and the yeast is not being
    activated??? Otherwise, I would say use a slight amount less flour. Hope that helps!


  26. Mary Ann says

    Honestly? My favorite thing? Reusing your menu ideas! And cleaning out my refrigerator to find several jars of homemade grape jelly that I needed to use – and a crockpot meatball recipe in which to use it! Thanks a bunch!


  27. says

    Oh my goodness, I’ve been following your meal plan this week, and this is the best my family has eaten in a long time! I love your recipes and I really thought it would be a lot more work to do all of this homemade.

    You are my new hero. :)


  28. Donna Burge says

    First time here! Love the recipes! I will be keeping my 6 week old granddaughter beginning Oct 30 and hope to help them by preparing dinner a couple of times per week while there. Since I am basically by myself Mon-Fri (hub is a trucker), It will be plenty for me also! Thanks a lot!


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